public interface IPropertySource
This interface should be implemented by clients.
PropertySheetPage discovers the properties to display from
currently selected elements. Elements that implement
IPropertySource directly are included, as are elements that
IAdaptable and have an
adapter. Clients should implement this interface for any newly-defined
elements that are to have properties displayable by
PropertySheetPage. Note that in the latter case, the client
will also need to register a suitable adapter factory with the platform's
adapter manager (
|Modifier and Type||Method and Description|
Returns a value for this property source that can be edited in a property sheet.
Returns the list of property descriptors for this property source.
Returns the value of the property with the given id if it has one.
Returns whether the value of the property with the given id has changed from its default value.
Resets the property with the given id to its default value if possible.
Sets the property with the given id if possible.
This value is used when this
IPropertySource is appearing
in the property sheet as the value of a property of some other
This value is passed as the input to a cell editor opening on an
This value is also used when an
IPropertySource is being
used as the value in a
setPropertyValue message. The
receiver of the message would then typically use the editable value to
update the original property source or construct a new instance.
For example an email address which is a property source may have an editable value which is a string so that it can be edited in a text cell editor. The email address would also have a constructor or setter that takes the edited string so that an appropriate instance can be created or the original instance modified when the edited value is set.
This behavior is important for another reason. When the property sheet is showing properties for more than one object (multiple selection), a property sheet entry will display and edit a single value (typically coming from the first selected object). After a property has been edited in a cell editor, the same value is set as the property value for all of the objects. This is fine for primitive types but otherwise all of the objects end up with a reference to the same value. Thus by creating an editable value and using it to update the state of the original property source object, one is able to edit several property source objects at once (multiple selection).
setPropertyValuemethods are used to read and write the actual property values by specifying the property ids from these property descriptors.
Implementors should cache the descriptors as they will be asked for the descriptors with any edit/update. Since descriptors provide cell editors, returning the same descriptors if possible allows for efficient updating.
nullif the property's value is
nullvalue or if this source does not have the specified property.
id- the id of the property being set
boolean isPropertySet(Object id)
falseif this source does not have the specified property.
If the notion of default value is not meaningful for the specified
false is returned.
id- the id of the property
trueif the value of the specified property has changed from its original default value,
falseif the specified property does not have a meaningful default value, and
falseif this source does not have the specified property
void resetPropertyValue(Object id)
Does nothing if the notion of a default value is not meaningful for the specified property, or if the property's value cannot be changed, or if this source does not have the specified property.
Callers will check if this
IPropertySource2 and this method will only be called if
true for the property with the given id.
In general, a property source should not directly reference the value parameter unless it is an atomic object that can be shared, such as a string.
An important reason for this is that several property sources with compatible descriptors could be appearing in the property sheet at the same time. An editor produces a single edited value which is passed as the value parameter of this message to all the property sources. Thus to avoid a situation where all of the property sources reference the same value they should use the value parameter to create a new instance of the real value for the given property.
There is another reason why a level of indirection is useful. The real
value of property may be a type that cannot be edited with a standard
cell editor. However instead of returning the real value in
getPropertyValue, the value could be converted to a
String which could be edited with a standard cell editor.
The edited value will be passed to this method which can then turn it
back into the real property value.
Another variation on returning a value other than the real property value
getPropertyValue is to return a value which is an
IPropertySource (or for which the property sheet can
IPropertySource). In this case the value to
edit is obtained from the child property source using
getEditableValue. It is this editable value that will be
passed back via this method when it has been editted
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